The Decorations: And this is me starting to set up decorations:
1. They were soooo much easier to eat. Especially for the kids.
2. I didn't have to buy one apple per person to make sure everyone got some. In fact, I only bought one of each apple (ok, two macintosh, since they are so good) and that was enough for the entire party of people! SOOOO much cheaper!
3. Better portions. With all the other food, who could polish off an entire caramel apple? This prevented waste!
I also made individual veggie platters. I got the small paper cups at our local grocer - in the deli department they sell soup by the cup and I bought them for around 40 cents a cup. A tiny bit pricey, but I didn't need a ton. I only spent about $2.00. I had the hardest time finding those paper ice cream cups around here, so that was my solution. The dip went in little ketchup cups and I put them inside the larger cup with the veggies around it. I got compliments!
To hold the sweets, I brought in my Rescued Cabinet that I had spray painted forever ago. It will likely eventually go down in the craft dungeon, but it was perfect for holding the desserts! I put a white plastic table cloth from the dollar store down. I pulled out the drawer half way and draped another golden yellow fabric over the top and down over the drawer. (I might have a lot of golden yellow fabric in my stash... hmmm...) I put part of the pennant bunting on the front.
Inside the drawer I placed: a stack of small paper plates for the cake, a jar of plastic forks, two candy jars with lids that I got at Walmart (I couldn't find cute little metal scoops, only ugly plastic ones, so I bought two tiny coffee scoops instead. They hung off of the lid nicely). One jar had lemon drops and the other had green mint m&m's. I had a bowl of mini reese's peanut butter cups next to them.
On top of the cabinet was the cake (more on that later) and the football cookies my mom made. I saw these on pinterest, and the original idea is from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. They're just Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies cut into football shapes and then iced to look like footballs!
The level above this held a gold platter of football shaped oreos and mint cream oreos. The golden platters were $1 chargers from Hobby Lobby. Next to the Oreos were the awesome cupcakes my sister made:
I had grand ideas for the favors. Both of which fell through - one because of time management problems and one because they were ridiculously expensive. So, I went with this.
I really wanted a photobooth, to incorporate all the photos we got from mr's out of town family and friends... so I set one up in our dining area, off to the side of the kitchen.
You can't have a photo booth without props. As I was making the fan packets, I realized it would be hilarious to have an "Aaron Rodgers look-alike contest for the photo booth. mr could be the judge after everyone had had a chance to dress up and snap pictures and the winner would be awarded their very own "Lombardi Trophy" - made by me, of course.
Off to the side of the photo booth, I placed the props. I made the mustaches and helmet the same way you see here. I stuck them in brown beans (that are kind of football shaped, right?) in a yellow can. Then I had another round box from the thrift store and I put in a bunch of mardi gras beads, some pipe cleaner glasses I made, a pom pom, a wig, a megaphone and a small chalkboard with chalk in case they wanted to write messages. The chalkboard announcing the point of the photos was in front of the stool. Around the photo booth I had pictures of Aaron Rodgers on sticks in small jars of beans for inspiration photos, and to the side I taped up the photos we got from Justin's family and friends out west.
And did we have fun?
I believe we did, yes. See that Lombardi Trophy? Looks just like the real deal, doesn't it?
Coincidentally, the guy who won the trophy is named Aaron too. Hmmmmm...
I had a lot of help with the party - my brother made the Packer Dip, my sister in law made the cheese cake (not to be confused with cheesecake, which is entirely different), my sister made the cupcakes, my mom made the football cookies, brought the popcorn, cooked my hot dogs and even helped me clean.
In short, I couldn't have done this alone. Partly because I am a bad party planner. But also because... um... I am a bad party planner. Oh, and I have kids running all over the place.
Yea for family and friends helping, coming, staying and playing!
When mr walked in early and I was mostly done setting up he stopped, looked around and said, "I suppose I shouldn't be surprised because you always go to this much trouble, but this is pretty crazy."
(Trust me, it's a huge compliment. He was telling me he could tell how hard I worked. Aren't you glad I can understand Justinese now? It only took about 5 years to learn.)
And now, to plan mini's. In between Halloween costumes, Halloween parties and treats, Thanksgiving (which is at my house AGAIN), Christmas gifts, and Christmas goodies. It's gonna get crazy up in here.